Friday, February 3, 2023

US and Canada send armored vehicles to police Haiti

SAN JUAN ( Associated Press) – The United States and Canada sent armored vehicles and other supplies to Haiti on Saturday to help police combat a powerful gang amid a pending request from the Haitian government for the immediate deployment of foreign troops.

The US State Department said in a statement that the Haitian government purchased the equipment, but did not elaborate on the supplies being airlifted to the capital, Port-au-Prince.

A spokesman for the US Southern Command said he was not authorized to provide further details on the equipment sent, but said the joint operation involved the US Air Force and the Royal Canadian Air Force.

According to the State Department, “This team (Haitian National Police) will assist in their fight against criminal figures who are inciting violence, obstructing the flow of critically needed humanitarian aid, and preventing the spread of cholera.” hindering efforts.”

The Pan American Health Organization indicated that there were more than 560 suspected cases of cholera, some 300 hospitalizations and at least 35 deaths, although experts cautioned that the figures could be much higher than reported. Huh.

The team comes more than a month after one of Haiti’s most powerful gangs besieged a fuel terminal and demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry.

For their part, protesters have blocked roads in major cities to protest a sharp rise in fuel prices after Henry announced in early September that his government could no longer subsidize gasoline and diesel.

Since then, gas stations have closed, hospitals have reduced services and banks and grocery stores are operating with restricted hours due to Haiti’s short supply of fuel, water and other supplies.

Owners of a fuel terminal announced on Saturday that gunmen stormed the facility for a second time and made off with about 106,000 liters (more than 28,000 gallons) of fuel after overpowering surveillance and emergency personnel at the scene.

It was the second time this week that armed men stormed the terminal, which stores more than 10 million gallons of gasoline and diesel and more than 800,000 gallons of kerosene.

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